ROTA Governance: Mr. Koichiro Matsuura

Mr. Koichiro Matsuura

Mr. Koichiro Matsuura Former Director-General of UNESCO
Mr. Koichiro Matsuura Former Director-General of UNESCO

Date of birth: 29 September 1937
Place of birth: Tokyo, Japan
Family: Married to Takako Kirikae and father of two sons
Languages:English, French, Spanish & Japanese

Professional:

1999- 2009 UNESCO Director-General (elected for a six-year term on 15 November 1999 and re-elected for a second four-year term on 12 October 2005)
1998-1999 Chairperson, World Heritage Committee of UNESCO
1994-1999 Ambassador of Japan to France and concurrently to Andorra and Djibouti
1992-1994 Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (Sherpa for Japan at the G-7 Summit)
1990-1992 Director-General, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1988-1990 Director-General, Economic Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1985-1988 Consul General of Japan in Hong Kong
1982-1985 Successively Director of the General Affairs Division and Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Minister's Office
1980-1982 Director of the Aid Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1977-1980 Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan, United States of America
1975-1977 Director of the Development Cooperation Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1974-1975 Director of the First North American Division (Political Affairs), Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1972-1974 Assumed various posts at the central administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1968-1972 Second Secretary, then First Secretary of the Japanese Delegation to the OECD, Paris
1963-1968 Assumed various posts at the central administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1961-1963 Third Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, Ghana; also accredited to other countries in West Africa 

Academic:

1959-1961 Faculty of Economics, Haverford College, USA
1956-1959 Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo

Publications:

2004 Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century (in English & French)
2003 Building the New UNESCO (in English & French)
2002 A year of Transition (in English & French)
1998 Japanese Diplomacy at the Dawn of the 21st Century (in French)
1995 Development & Perspectives of the Relations between Japan and France (in French)
1994 The G-7 Summit: Its History and Perspectives (in Japanese)
1992 History of Japan-United States Relations (in Japanese)